Danedri Thompson
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By a wide margin, USD 231 voters agreed to give the school board the authority to increase local option budget taxes (LOB) up to 33 percent of the amount the district receives in state aid.
Ballots in the mail-in election were due at the Johnson County Election Office no later than noon on Jan. 27. Unofficial results were available later that day.
In a press release, school officials said they were pleased with the election’s outcome.
“The board of education and administration greatly appreciate your support in our efforts to continue to provide high-quality education to the children of our communities,” the release reads. “The future leaders of Gardner and Edgerton are the real beneficiaries of your goodwill.”
Officials have said they will not increase school property taxes overall next year.
Sixty-percent of those casting a ballot in the USD 231 election, or 2,058 voters, approved the increased taxing authority. Forty-percent, or 1,365 voters, voted against the increased authority.
Of 12,669 registered voters in the Gardner Edgerton School District, only 3,425 or 27 percent, returned ballots.
Voters in four other Johnson County school districts approved similar measures with much wider margins on Jan. 27.Blue Valley, De Soto, Olathe and Shawnee Mission School District voters also approved increased taxing authority for their boards of education. In each of those districts, approximately 80 percent of those who voted agreed to the extra LOB.